Have you tried any testing to help with your IBD?
While diet and lifestyle changes can help to dramatically improve your health, it can sometimes be useful to dig a little deeper to better understand what’s going on in the body.
There are a range of really advanced functional lab tests available that help us to do this – the majority of which most other IBD sufferers do not even know about. I want to share those with you today as they are super effective for people ready to turn their health around…
This test checks for the presence of things such as parasites and bacterial imbalances, as well as digestive function. These can be very common in an IBD sufferer because of the weakened immune system and addressing them is absolutely critical
The labs who assess the samples use EXTREMELY advanced methods to identify if there is anything within your stool that shouldn’t be there.
Your doctor may have given you a stool test in the past but it was almost certainly a one day test that uses relatively poor testing methodologies to assess the results (and, therefore, will very likely have missed things of importance).
For an IBD sufferer, I believe a stool test to almost always be the single most important test that you can do, and unfortunately the ones that doctors give you are nowhere near good enough.
Mediator Release Test (Food Sensitivity Test)
This is the most comprehensive and most accurate food sensitivity test available anywhere in the world. It requires a blood sample and will help you to quickly identify foods that should be removed from your diet because they are causing you some kind of inflammation.
Your reactions to approximately 150 foods are tested, and graded on a scale (given a green, yellow or red rating), depending on your reaction.
Most food sensitivities tests are awfully inaccurate (approximately 60%) but this test is rated at 95%, far above that of anything else.
This test is for people who are doing the majority of things right in terms of diet and lifestyle, and want to better personalise their diet towards them.
Intestinal Permeability (“Leaky Gut”)
This test has you drink a sugary solution (at home) that contains molecules called Lactulose and Mannitol. The test measures the ability of these sugar molecules to pass through the intestinal lining.
You may have heard me talk about a “Leaky Gut” before, and helping that to heal is critical for reducing or eliminating your symptoms.
A leaky gut test isn’t necessarily something that I would use straight away with someone (because unless you are in drug free remission its almost certain you do have a leaky gut so we don’t need to test for it)
However, once someone is in drug free (or minimal medication) remission then I find that an annual or bi-annual test can be worthwhile as it can provide a warning sign of if your health is slowly worsening
(it’s been shown that a gut may be ‘leaky’ up to a year prior to the onset of symptoms, and so we can help to prevent flares before they happen).
Vitamin D deficiency is a huge problem in the world today and is heavily linked with autoimmune conditions such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis. What’s more it provides benefit for our bones and mood, and can help to prevent cancer, heart disease, MS and diabetes amongst many other things. It can be useful in treating asthma, will help to increase testosterone, and aid in fat loss and muscle gain.
Unless you work outside for much of the day in a sunny climate, chances are very high that you will be deficient in vitamin D. The skin requires direct sun exposure in order for UVB rays to penetrate and aid vitamin D production, which means the use of sunscreen can and does block the absorption of Vitamin D. That’s why I will often recommend that people get regularly tested for their Vitamin D tests levels.
A vitamin D test can quickly highlight if you have a deficiency, and to what extent, which will allow us to take appropriate action. I personally use this relatively inexpensive test twice a year to check my levels, which allows me to supplement (or get more sun!) appropriately (if necessary).
These tests are easily done at home with a simple pin prick in the finger, and then sent off to the lab for your results. Alternatively, it may be possible to have your doctor do the test for you.
Now you may think that testing isn’t worthwhile because you can just take a supplement and get your vitamin D that way. The problem though is how much will you supplement with? Everyone is VERY different in that regard, and require different amounts. While Vitamin D deficiency is a huge problem, excess Vitamin D can be extremely toxic and potentially lethal. It’s impossible to know if the dosage you take is right for you unless you test.
Hope that has helped to explain just a few of the options available to you. If you have any questions, just let me know.
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